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The Striped Bass Bonus Program

 
Striped bass regulations have changed.

The Striped Bass Bonus Program (SBBP) closed on May 1, 2015 and will remain closed until September 1, 2015.

Detailed information about new SBBP procedures, including permits and reporting will be provided through various outlets including this webpage as soon as they become available. All current permit holders will receive a notice that the old permits are no longer valid and will automatically receive a new permit prior to September 1, 2015.

On September 1, 2015, the new SBBP regulations will be:

  • One fish 24" to less than 28"
Please note that the order of fish harvested does not matter.

New Jersey recreational striped bass regulations have been modified in all state waters to the following:

  • One fish 28" to less than 43" AND one fish 43" or greater

Party/Charter Boat Facet of the Striped Bass Bonus Program Suspended - 6/8/12

The Striped Bass Bonus Program (SBBP) has been an integral part of New Jersey's striped bass management since 1990. It is a popular program with the fishing community and provides valuable data for assessing stock status and fishing trends.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife (Division) initiated the program in 1990 to allow the harvest of an additional striped bass for New Jersey recreational anglers. Although the program has been modified throughout the years, the main goal of the SBBP is to allow anglers to participate in the management process while enjoying their favorite recreational pastime.

BACKGROUND

New Jersey is allocated a commercial harvest quota of striped bass under the Striped Bass Interstate Fisheries Management Plan as administered by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). Since New Jersey does not allow netting or sale of striped bass, this quota was transferred to the recreational fishing sector resulting in the origin of the SBBP.

Bob Gieson (left) with 55 lb bass and Erik Olsen on the party boat Queen Mary in Point Pleasant, NJ
Bob Gieson (left) with his 55-pound striped bass and Erik Olsen on the party boat Queen Mary in Point Pleasant
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The current allocation from ASMFC is 215,912 pounds to be distributed between individual anglers and party/charter boats. Should NJ overshoot this quota in 2015, any overage would be subtracted from the 2016 quota. Although this program does allow for the harvest of an additional striped bass for New Jersey anglers, the Division encourages catch and release whenever possible so this species can prosper for future generations.

REGULATIONS/CHANGES TO PROGRAM

Note: New Jersey recreational striped bass regulations have been modified in all state waters to the following:

  • One fish 28" to less than 43" AND one fish 43" or greater

With a bonus permit, anglers can keep one fish 24 inches to less than 28 inches from September 1 to December 31. Please note the order of fish harvested does not matter (Bonus fish can be the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd fish). Visit the Marine section of the Regulations page to check current Federal and State possession and season regulations for striped bass fishing in your area.

Participants in the Bonus Program can receive immediate notification of regulation updates, emergency closures, special notices, etc., by subscribing to the free NJ Marine Fishing E-mail List. For details, visit the E-mail List Subscription page.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Permits are currently not being issued. Applications for the SBBP may be submitted now:
SBBP Application and Child Support Certification Form (pdf, 70kb)

Return completed form with a self-addressed stamped #10 envelope to the Division. All applicants must complete the Child Support Certification each year. See www.njfishandwildlife.com/child_support_info.htm for details.

HARVEST REPORTING

Detailed information on procedures for reporting will be provided as soon as they become available.

STRIPED BASS FISHING LOG

The online fishing log is currently not available. Detailed information on procedures for completing and submitting fishing logs will be provided as soon as they become available.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

arrow Striped Bass Party Boat and Tournament Sampling Summary
arrow Striped Bass Sampling on the F/V Queen Mary
arrow Striped Bass Tagging Program/Reporting (Am. Littoral Society)
arrow Rewards for Striped Bass Tags
arrow Striped Bass Temperature Study Tagging Project Information (pdf, 12kb)
arrow Saltwater Fishing Information
arrow Saltwater Fishing Regulations

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Last Updated: May 4, 2015